In the Rings on Fire trilogy series (2014-15), Phil Akashi explores the institution of marriage facing a global and unprecedented crisis. Marriage, as old as civilization itself and revered by virtually all societies and religions, is in decline all around the world while unmarried cohabitation and divorce rates are on the rise.
To observe and question the challenges of marriage, the artist rejuvenates the functionality of the Double Happiness character "囍” commonly used in China as a decoration and symbol of marriage. As a result, the artist translates, in his own language, his perception about the marriage into emotions and textures. From the "leftover" women in China to the controversial same-sex marriages in America, the forced and arranged marriages in India, the child marriages in Niger, the rise of divorces and single parenthood all around the world... the artist talks about these issues using a variety of colors and techniques.
The first chapter of the trilogy - Tradition - refers to the social and cultural values of marriage. The second chapter - Challenge - explores the contemporary revolution in marriage and its consequences. The series final chapter - Wisdom of Happiness - ends with an ultimate question: is marriage both a cause and an effect of happiness?
Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity signed, stamped and numbered by the artist.
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Photography taken by belgian photographer Benoît Féron. Benoît Féron's photographic work concentrates on primitive tribes (including close-ups on human skin, traditional body paintings, scarifications, jewels, clothes or glances and portraits), wildlife and abstract nature (where he likes to catch the abstraction of the earth, the flora, the stones, the ice, the water, in far remote landscapes or through close-ups or macrophotography). View full product details